Attack Vertical is a quintet from Switzerland that has just released the follow-up for their 2011 album The Glorious World. The Great Waste is their fourth effort and it's a devastating one. It's as if they have left the world of metalcore behind them to take their brutality to a whole new level. This clearly is a high quality death metal album with tons of tempo-breaks, blastbeats, grunts, growls and savage riffs. The technical level is stunning, reminding me of old Arch Enemy, Morbid Angel or Dying Fetus.
There are ten songs on this album, each of them with a similar song structure and the same intensity. Attack Vertical loves to present their music with ferocious speed, but they also know a thing or two about atmosphere, which is mostly plain violent to say the least. This is not only a vertical attack. This is also a full frontal assault on eardrums and sanity far and wide. It's hard for me to name a favourite track, since they follow each other in such speed that it's nearly impossible to recognize one from the next.
So it seems Attack Vertical has been evolving in something that both old- and new-school death metal fans will undoubtedly embrace. With The Great Waste they have delivered a solid business card to the headbanging masses. This Swiss trio has the potential and the experience to climb to the forefront of today's extreme metal scene and to crush and devastate audiences far and wide. Man, this is brutal...